January 13, 2022
A Mississippi State chemical engineering student recently attended the prestigious Dow Diamond Symposium, taking home top honors in the event’s Social Media Challenge.
Meghan Nguyen, a senior in the Dave C. Swalm of Chemical Engineering, was one of just 46 students nationwide chosen to participate in the highly selective event. The symposium is an all-expenses paid, in-person program that provides a networking platform for students of color from U.S. universities.
“It was such an honor to be chosen for the symposium,” Nguyen said. “It’s such a selective application process. Even though I had co-oped for Dow previously, they had no obligation to accept me into the conference, so meeting their expectations as a candidate felt refreshing. Networking with industry professionals and connecting with other students outside of my major was exciting.”
As part of the event, Nguyen and the other participants were encouraged to post on LinkedIn about their experience at the conference using a designated hashtag. At the end of the three-day symposium, Nguyen’s social media engagement efforts were selected as one of the event’s best.
A native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Nguyen also had the opportunity to give a presentation during the symposium, speaking on emotional intelligence and its benefits and challenges.
“Being able to give a presentation on the topic of my choice was one of the biggest highlights on the conference for me,” Nguyen said. “Emotional intelligence is something that I am passionate about. It’s a significant topic and it impacts my personal and professional development on a daily basis.”
Nguyen joins former Bagley College of Engineering students Jacob Anaya and Lisa Phan as a Dow Diamond Symposium participant. The pair were selected to take part in the 2020 event.
“The Diamond Symposium appealed to my interests of networking, industry insight and fellowship with like-minded individuals,” Nguyen said. “Dow did a very good job incorporating various categories of engagement, such as small groups, informative sessions, wellness moments and captivating conversations. I definitely encourage MSU engineering students to apply for the 2022 event when applications open in March.”
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